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Should I Wait for the PS5 or Buy a PS4 Pro Today?



Should I wait for the PS5 or buy a PS4 Pro today? This is a question that I hear from friends, family and coworkers and it’s something I can help you with too. For most users it is too early to start waiting, but for some users it may make sense.

I’ll walk through what you need to know before you make the decision to buy a new console this year or wait for the PlayStation 5 release date and new features.

It’s easy to get sucked into waiting for the next big thing, like the PS5, and there are some good reasons to wait, but for most shoppers, there is not enough concrete information to wait for the PS5.

The PS4 is almost 5 years old and the PS4 Pro is almost two years old. The Xbox One X arrived about a year ago, pulling ahead of the PS4 Pro in power and leaving many wondering if a 2018 PS5 release date is in the cards. Hint it’s not coming this year.

This is as close to a new Microsoft console as we’ve seen in several years and is generating interest in what Sony will do. Sony delivers an incredible selection of exclusive games and owns a lot of market share, leaving a lot of consumers looking for the PlayStation 5.

PS5 Rumor Roundup

Sony didn’t announce the PS5 at E3 2018, and the company confirmed they are not making an appearance at E3 2019, which likely means no PS5 in 2019 either. We will still see a PlayStation Experience event in 2019, and it could be where we get a first look at the PS5 based on a new rumor.

User RuthenicCookie on Reddit broke the news that Sony was skipping E3 209, before the official announcement and they have some details to share about the PS5 and PSVR2.  The leaker writes,

“PS experience returning, Most devs already have dev kits for ps5 ( Spoiler: It’s a monster), Sony prepping hard for ps5 and one of the reason for no e3 next year because they blew all their load this year and got nothing new to show next year (They want to show new stuff at psx)”

The user reiterates, “Small reveal mid 2019, Big one at psx, Plans might change though,” in response to a question about seeing the PS5 at PS Experience in 2019, adding, “Remember the very first ps4 reveal ? Something like that but hey then again Plans might change.” The leaks also mention that games like Death Stranding and The Last of Us 2 are coming to both PS5 and PS4, but optimized for the PS5.

There are a lot of interesting reports coming together about the VR capabilities of the PS5. The Unreal Engine 4 code contains a reference to Erebus, which may be a reference to the PS5 hardware. The new PS VR controller patent hints at what is to come with a design that is centered around VR, rather than simply re-using the PSMove controller.

When speaking about the PS4 and PS4 Pro games at E3 2017 Shawn Layden, the head Sony Interactive Entertainment in North America, confirmed that the is a PlayStation 5 coming, or at least a new PS5 like device. Layden told that the PS4 will run all PS4 Pro games, but when questioned he said there will probably be some games that only work on a new device. The article is translated from German and Layden never specifically mentions the PS5 by name, but it’s clear Sony is working on the new PlayStation.

Sony’s PS4 Pro gives the company more time before a totally new console. In fact the PS5 release date may be at least two years out. Michael Pachter predicts the PS5 release date may come in 2020.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera told investors in May that there are at least three years before we will see the PS5. Kodera told investors, “We will use the next three years to prepare the next step to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future.”

The PS5 could come with a new Horizon Zero Dawn installment, Death Stranding, The Last of Us:Part 2, FIFA 21, Madden 21 and arrive in time to get the next Sledgehammer led Call of Duty game.

We don’t have any details on the potential PS5 price, specs or power, but that could change in early 2019, especially with the latest reports shedding some light on what is coming and with PS5 Dev units reportedly in the wild.

With all of this in mind, this is why you should wait for the PS5, and why you should go ahead and buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro in 2018.

Wait if you Already Own the PS4 or Xbox One

Wait if you Already Own the PS4 or Xbox One

Perhaps the best reason to wait for the PS5 is that you already own the Xbox One or the PS4. If you fall into this category you already have access to the most popular games and you will for years to come.

PS4 games look better on the PS4 Pro, but all of the features and all of the games are available on the PS4 as well. There are no PS4 Pro exclusives, and there will not be. 

If you own the Xbox One, you're in the same boat, as all games work on the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, with only graphical differences. 

These consoles are very capable and have a long life left when it comes to games, accessories, updates and app support. Sony and third parties typically support the old console for at least two years after the new model comes out, so you'll be able to play all the games up through the PS5 release date and for another year or two. That means you can even wait for price drops. 

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  1. biplab_poddar

    04/02/2018 at 10:16 pm

    Any PS Vita owner would instantly agree that Sony has abandoned the handheld console years ago with no first-party releases. At the most, players get some great indie titles, Japanese games but Uncharted, God of War which got released along with the Vita are the only ones that are still available with no big announcements in sight. Despite all the negative criticism and backlash, Sony ignored them and focused on PS4 which seems to be their only strong product in the consumer market.

    The number of AAA exclusives Sony has is the biggest saving grace for the PlayStation 4 console and its lifetime is slowly coming to a close. The PS4 Pro and PS VR are already out to fill the gap before the big PlayStation 5 console is announced, possibly in 2020. The company seems to be slowly phasing out the PlayStation 3 console and the handheld PS Vita so that they could better focus on the newer platforms.

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